2017 Summer Grant Recipients

Abrahamson, Jenna

Jenna Abrahamson

Title: Using Erosion Rates to Interpret the Evolution of the Southwestern Norwegian ‘Passive’ Margin

Major: Environmental Science - Geoscience

Mentor: Jeni McDermott

Grant: Young Scholars

- Jenna Abrahamson
Elliott Allen

Elliott Allen

Title: Using Low-Temperature Thermochronology To Test For Fault Reactivation In Southwestern Norway

Major: Geology

Mentor: Jeni McDermott

Grant: Young Scholars

- Elliott Allen
Joseph Arend

Joseph Arend

Title: Re-Parameterization of Semi-Empirical Methods to Calculate Rovibrational Spectra of Astrochemical Compounds

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Joshua Layfield

Grant: Young Scholars

- Joseph Arend
Jennifer Arth

Jennifer Arth

Title: The Embodiment of Moral Judgment: The Effects of Physical Disgust on Moral Disgust

Major: Psychology, English with Writing Emphasis

Mentor: Greg Robinson-Riegler

Grant: Young Scholars

- Jennifer Arth
Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox

Title: Vegetation Mapping and Piping Plover Habitat Loss at the John E. Williams Preserve, central North Dakota

Major: Environmental Science and Philosophy

Mentor: Melissa Lamb

Grant: Community-Based Research 

- Matthew Cox
Anna Folska

Anna Folska

Title: Synthesizing An Efficient Cell-Penetrating Peptide and Analyzing Its Interaction With A Cell Membrane

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Lisa Prevette

Grant: Young Scholars

- Anna Folska

Hannah Ganzel

Title: Binding Affinity of Polycation-coated Au Nanoparticles to Gram Negative Bacterial Cell Walls 

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Lisa Prevette

Grant: Young Scholars

- Hannah Ganzel
Hayley Graffunder

Hayley Graffunder

Title: The Role of Literature in 20th Century Fascist Europe

Major: English - Writing Emphasis

Mentor: Kanishka Chowdhury

Grant: Young Scholars

- Hayley Graffunder
Madeline Hankard

Madeline Hankard

Title: Envrionmental Photochemistry of Trendione: Nucleophilic effect on Photoproduct Stability

Major: Environmental Science - Chemistry

Mentor: Kristine Wammer

Grant: Young Scholars

- Madeline Hankard
Abby Heller

Abby Heller

Title: Effects of Juvenile Learning on Learning Potential in Adolescents  

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: Kurt Illig

Grant: Young Scholars

- Abby Heller
Nicole Herrli

Nicole Herrli

Title: Assessing the community impact of a financially sustainable farmers market model for lower-income urban neighborhoods

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Adam Kay; Mike Klein

Grant: Community-Based Research

- Nicole Herrli
Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe

Title: Significance of Quaternary Extensional Faulting in Formation of the Himalaya

Major: Undeclared

Mentor: Jeni McDermott

Grant: Young Scholars

- Sarah Howe

Jenna Janssen

Title: Finding Clarity: Connecting Religious Conviction to a Political World

Major: Psychology; Theology

Mentor: Sarah Hankerson

Grant: Young Scholars

- Jenna Janssen

Elliot Jacobson

Title: Effect of prior winning experience on mate competition aggression and hypothalamic-putuitary-gonadal axis activity in male Zebra finches (Taeniopygia Guttata)

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: Sarah Heimovics

Grant: Young Scholars

- Elliot Jacobson
Anneliese Johnson

Anneliese Johnson

Title: Collection Efficiency of Low-Cost Lysimeter Design

Major: Biology

Mentor: Chip Small; Adam Kay

Grant: Sustainability Scholars

- Anneliese Johnson

Evan Kalb

Title: Study of Fluorescent Ligand Interactions on Supramolecular G-DNA

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Thomas Marsh

Grant: Young Scholars

- Evan Kalb
Tyler Karow

Tyler Karow

Title: Proteomic Analysis of Genetically Modified Cells using LC-ESI-MS/MS.

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Anthony Borgerding

Grant: Young Scholars

- Tyler Karow
Shonni Krengel

Shonni Krengel

Title: Adult Transracial International Adoptee Narrative Identity

Major: Psychology

Mentor: Jean Giegenhain

Grant: Young Scholars

- Shonni Krengel
Blake Loxtercamp

Blake Loxtercamp

Title: Influence of Experience and Attentional focus on the Kinetics, Kinematics, and Ground Reaction Force of a Barbell Back Squat

Major: Exercise Science

Mentor: Lesley Scibora

Grant: Young Scholars

- Blake Loxtercamp

John Samuel Martens

Title: In Defense of Inalienable Human Rights

Major: Philosophy

Mentor: Sandra Menssen

Grant: Young Scholars

- John Samuel Martens

Morgan McCorkle

Title: A Wavelet-Based Approach for Compressing Families of Images

Major: Mathematics

Mentor: Patrick Van Fleet

Grant: Young Scholars

- Morgan McCorkle
Maria Nuezil

Maria Nuezil

Title: Toward Solid-State Syntheses Using Nitrile Oxides

Major: Chemistry; Physics

Mentor: William Ojala

Grant: Young Scholars

- Maria Nuezil
Tyler Ogorek

Tyler Ogorek

Title: Synthesis of a novel oxazolidinone compound for testing against antibiotic resistant bacteria

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Thomas Ippoliti

Grant: Young Scholars

- Tyler Ogorek
Mike Patton

Michael Patton

Title: Magnetic Annealing Effect on 3D Printed Magnetic Structures

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Mentor: Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman

Grant: Young Scholars

- Michael Patton
Courtney Pelissero

Courtney Pelissero

Title: Coffee chaff and its effectiveness as mulch for urban agriculture

Major: Psychology

Mentor: Adam Kay

Grant: Sustainability Scholars

- Courtney Pelissero
Anthony Perrella

Anthony Perrella

Title: An analysis of produce demand in food deserts

Major: Math; Economics

Mentor: Tyler Schipper; Adam Kay

Grant: Community-Based Research

- Anthony Perrella
Alice Ready

Alice Ready

Title: Modeling land use and land cover changes with remotely sensed data to assess conservation effectiveness

Major: Environmental Studies; GIS

Mentor: Paul Lorah

Grant: Sustainability Scholars

- Alice Ready
Emma Rinn

Emma Rinn

Title: Assessing relative quality of data collected by UAV’s to generate optimal flight parameters and study areas for conservation analysis.  

Major: Environmental Studies; GIS

Mentor: Lorah, Paul

Grant: Sustainability Scholars

- Emma Rinn

Ashley Roux

Title: Synthesis of a Novel Oxazolidinone Molecule to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Thomas Ippoliti

Grant: Young Scholars

- Ashley Roux
Anthony Schaefer

Anthony Schaefer

Title: Computational Study of Asymmetric Synthesis Involving Chiral Phase-Transfer Catalysts 

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Joshua Layfield

Grant: Young Scholars

- Anthony Schaefer

Mark Schuweiler

Title: The extracellular protease AdamTS-B negatively regulates wing vein patterning through BMP signaling.

Major: Biochemistry; General Business Management

Mentor: Afshan Ismat

Grant: Young Scholars

- Mark Schuweiler
Ben Seiford

Ben Seiford

Title: Proteomic Analysis of Peptides in Metagenomically Altered E. Coli Cells

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Anthony Borgerding

Grant: Young Scholars

- Ben Seiford

Marisa Smedsrud

Title: Computational Analysis of Vibrational Frequencies of Astrochemical Compounds

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Joshua Layfield

Grant: Young Scholars

- Marisa Smedsrud
Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Title: The Abuse of Exhibition: Helga Crane, Saartjie Baartman, and Cultural Reactions to the Black Female Body. 

Major: English - Writing Emphasis

Mentor: Todd Lawrence

Grant: Young Scholars

- Rachel Smith
Olivia Steeves

Olivia Steeves

Title: The Redefinition of the Beautiful in Literature: A Modern Dilemma  

Major: English; Catholic Studies

Mentor: Raymond MacKenzie

Grant: Young Scholars

- Olivia Steeves
Michael Stodolka

Michael Stodolka

Title: Halogen substitution effects on the solid-state structures and reactivity of benzonitrile oxides

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: William Ojala

Grant: Young Scholars

- Michael Stodolka
Bryan Tierney

Bryan Tierney

Title: The study of disrupting resonant flow in low density jets

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Mentor: David Forliti

Grant: Young Scholars

- Bryan Tierney
Andrew Wang

Andrew Wang

Title: Effects of different types of exercise on humoral and cellular components of the immune system.

Major: Biochemistry; Neuroscience

Mentor: Jerry Husak

Grant: Young Scholars

- Andrew Wang
Quinn Whiting

Quinn Whiting

Title: Indirect Photodegradation of Select Pesticides and Pharmaceuticals: Impact of Dissolved Organic Matter Variablilty in the St. Louis River

Major: Environmental Science concentration in Chemistry

Mentor: Kristine Wammer

Grant: Young Scholars

- Quinn Whiting
Thomas Wieser

Thomas Wieser

Title: Phosphorylcholine Conjugated G5 Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimer as Gene Delivery Molecule

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Lisa Prevette

Grant: Young Scholars

- Thomas Wieser

Jerry Willour

Title: Polycyclic musk photochemistry: sunlight and UV degradation

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Kristine Wammer

Grant: Sustainability Scholars

- Jerry Willour